|Digital Release||PlayStation 3
May 14, 2013 (JP, NA)
May 15, 2013 (AU, EU)
|Delisting||May 30, 2016|
|Links||DUST 514 Forums [Archive]
On February 3rd, 2016, a post was made to the DUST 514 forums by team member CCP Frame announcing that the game would be shutting down on May 30th, 2016. Despite CCP’s ambitious plans at launch it became clear that implementing content expansions required more time and money investment than expected.
Dear DUST 514 Community,
CCP’s development team in Shanghai has been working on a prototype for a first-person shooter for PC with the goal of building a great FPS set in our sci-fi universe of New Eden (the universe in which EVE Online, DUST 514, EVE: Valkyrie, and Gunjack are set). Their experience is being utilized to build a new game from scratch using Unreal Engine 4 while harnessing all our learnings from DUST 514. This is in many ways an evolution of Project Legion, the concept we announced at EVE Fanfest 2014, but without the limitations of technical debt and development paths we quickly discovered in that effort that could never serve as a future-proof technology base for a full production game. This new project is still in an early phase of production, and we feel like we’re on the right track and plan to give an update at EVE Fanfest on April 21st as a part of the free livestream of the event. Since this new game will be different from DUST 514 (although keeping many of its great parts), we will provide tiered recognition rewards to our loyal DUST customers, details to be announced.
We are very proud of what we’ve learned and accomplished with DUST 514 on PlayStation 3 over the past three years and it is an honor to be a part of such a dedicated community. We consider DUST 514 one of the best free-to-play offerings on the platform, but the years have caught up with us. It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that DUST 514 will be shutting down on May 30th, 2016. We therefore will not be releasing the 1.3 update as we had planned. Players will continue to be able to play for free on our servers until then, but all further PSN packs and purchases have been removed and disabled from the in-game marketplace and the PlayStation Store. Players with existing Aurum will be able to continue to purchase items from the in-game marketplace.
Thank you for being a part of DUST 514 on the PlayStation 3. We look forward to the next chapter, and hope you’ll be a part of it and continue the journey with us.– CCP Frame, CCP Community Team
The forum post admits “the years have caught up with us” and adds “we quickly discovered in that effort that [we] could never serve as a future-proof technology base for a full production game.” Taking what they had learned from DUST, the Shanghai-based development team had moved on to a new PC first-person shooter set in the same EVE universe and utilizing some of DUST’s components.
February 3rd also saw the removal of purchasable in-game content and confirmation that a promised 1.3 update was no longer going to be released. The post also promised “tiered recognition rewards” in a future product for players of DUST 514. On May 30th, 2016 the official DUST 514 Twitter account tweeted a salutation to its players, “Broadcasting to all mercenaries: Thank you. And we will see you in the next chapter. o7”
About the Game
DUST 514 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer first-person shooter set in the notorious sci-fi universe of EVE Online. Become an immortal mercenary, build an empire, wage war on a galactic scale and change the galaxy of New Eden forever. With endless customization option and deep gameplay that rewards team interaction, DUST 514 offers ever-changing FPS action and a constantly evolving challenge.
- Massive Persistent Universe: Wage war on the surfaces of far-flung planets with countless environmental combinations.
- Planetary Conquest: Marshal your forces in a continuous, ever-changing battle to conquer the worlds of New Eden and control their resources.
- Large-scale Warfare: Vie for control of unique sci-fi battlefields with up to 32 players in simultaneous combat.
- Endless Customization: Create custom mercenaries with lethal dropsuits, skills and weapons.
- Vehicles On-demand: Acquire, outfit and deploy heavily armed and armored vehicles, on land and in the skies.
- Social Sandbox: Build a formidable corporation with thousands of players as you seize the opportunities and bounties that come with galactic conflict.
- Connected Experience: For the first time ever, join forces in a cross-platform gaming experience with the immortal starship pilots of EVE Online to conquer New Eden, one skirmish at a time.